Public Policy / Government Relations Articles
DOT chief: Small highway fixes 'killing our will to build'
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx called Wednesday for lawmakers to pass a multi-year infrastructure funding bill, saying the cycle of temporary extensions is killing states' willingness for road and transit projects.
January 28, 2015 – The Hill
AAA, ATA, U.S. Chamber of Commerce urge Congress to pass permanent fix for the Highway Trust Fund
With the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) inching ever so closer to insolvency, organizations are redoubling efforts to ensure Congress is passes a permanent fix, rather than a patch.
January 27, 2015 – Better Roads
Senate highway bill could be unveiled soon
Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) may soon unveil a highway funding bill that would direct money to the struggling Highway Trust Fund from taxes on companies' overseas earnings, according to Politico's Morning Transportation report from Jan. 22.
January 23, 2015 – Better Roads
Advocates cheer SOTU infrastructure focus
Transportation advocates cheered President Obama's focus on increasing U.S. infrastructure during his sixth State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
January 21, 2015 – The Hill
Nebraska Court Dismisses Challenge to Keystone Route
The controversial $3.3-billion Keystone XL pipeline has cleared two more hurdles, with a Nebraska court victory and House passage of a bill authorizing the project's construction, but the White House says its threat to veto the pipeline legislation still stands.
January 9, 2015 – ENR
Nancy Pelosi says it's time to raise the gas tax
More and more members of Congress are starting to support an increase to the gasoline tax which pays for the America's transportation infrastructure.
January 9, 2015 – Better Roads
Momentum builds in Congress for raising the federal gas tax
Record-low gas prices across the U.S. have given rise to fresh talk in Washington of raising the federal gas tax for the first time in over 20 years, with leading Republicans now saying a hike must not be ruled out.
January 9, 2015 – The Hill
'Recycle' government assets to fund infrastructure: RCCAO
The Ontario government should take a more aggressive approach to "asset recycling" as a way to finance public infrastructure improvements, says a study from the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO).
January 8, 2015 – On-Site
Key GOP senator says gas tax hike on the table
The Republican senator in charge of infrastructure policy says his committee might look at raising the federal tax on gasoline to pay for roads.
January 7, 2015 – The Hill
Utah Fuel-Tax Hikes Likely to Rescue Road, Transit
Utah legislative leaders signaled Tuesday that the state's gasoline tax will almost surely go up this year - maybe by 10 cents a gallon - and will likely be restructured to adjust automatically once a year to keep pace with inflation.
January 7, 2015 – forconstructionpros.com
Governors' Inaugurals Highlight Infrastructure
Governors' inaugural addresses are usually delivered in broad thematic strokes, not etched in painstaking detail.
January 6, 2015 – Roll Call
Is truly adequate transportation funding too ambitious to pass?
The Highway Fund Trust Fund will go bone dry in May and it is generally understood that more than $100 billion will be needed just to maintain the status quo-a staggering figure that nonetheless belies the fact that state of good repair issues will continue to, day by day, decrease what that amount of money will be able to get done.
January 5, 2015 – Roads & Bridges
Tax reform: Could it happen?
This much is true: Both President Obama and top Republicans are saying the right things about tax reform right now.
January 4, 2015 – The Hill
GOP senator leaves wiggle room on gas tax
Sen. Jim Thune (R-S.D.) signaled Sunday that Republicans might be open to negotiating increasing the gas tax in order to pay for the highway infrastructure spending bill that expires in May.
January 4, 2015 – The Hill
Minn. governor calls for tax funding for roads
Minnesota is not immune to the pervading issues that are presently impacting all corners of the lower 48-and perhaps may have more of those issues than many other states could claim.
January 2, 2015 – Roads & Bridges
Obama Plan to Restore Ties to Cuba Could Spur Equipment Exports
President Obama's surprise announcement that the U.S. will seek to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than 50 years includes a call for increased exports of building materials for housing and, down the road, also could provide export opportunities for U.S. construction-equipment manufacturers, industry officials say.
January 2, 2015 – ENR
EPA Coal Ash Decision Win for Taxpayers and Environment
In good news for taxpayers, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Dec. 19 decision not to regulate fly-ash, a byproduct of coal combustion to produce electricity, as a "hazardous material" will save American taxpayers $105 billion over the next 20 years.
January 2, 2015 – AED News
Shuster rules out gas tax increase
The chairman of the House Transportation Committee, Bill Shuster, says passing a long-term transportation funding bill is top priority heading into 2015, but he rules out the possibility of a gasoline tax increase, or a motorist user fee.
December 30, 2014 – Better Roads
New poll shows 67 percent of people are against a gas tax increase
Two-thirds of Americans oppose the idea of increasing the 18.4 cent-per-gallon gas tax that's used to fund the country's transportation infrastructure, according to a survey that was conducted by SKDKnickerbocker and Benenson Strategy Group.
December 19, 2014 – Better Roads
Stabenow: Section 179 Vote Likely in the Next Few Days
Farmers who want to know whether they'll be able to deduct $25,000 or $500,000 on their latest machinery purchase in 2014 will have to sit tight for a few more days.
December 14, 2014 – AgWeb